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Klamath River Public Lands Old-growth Logging Resumes

The Klamath National Forest recently began logging the Jack timber sale, an old growth timber sale that has been held for years due to the watershed and species safeguards in the Northwest Forest Plan. Now that the Bush Admistration has gutted these laws, thousands of acres of old growth pine and cedars are being cut. The Forest Service is lying and saying they are cutting small trees from the Salmon and Scott Rivers.
Trees older than our country are currently being logged again in the Scott and Salmon Watersheds of the Klamath National Forest. Following a two-year lull in which environmentalists had successfully stopped old-growth logging in the Klamath, and in which the Forest Service had begun to focus less-controversial small diameter thinning projects, ancient forests are once again being logged at the 2,640-acre Jack Timber Sale.

"The Forest Service is not only ignoring scientist that say old-grwoth logging must stop in the Klamath River to save salmon, but they are cutting old growth next to the Scott and Salmon Rivers and on Russian Wilderness trailheads and are saying they cutting are small trees." said Regina Chichizola with the Klamath Forest Aliance.

Following the massive salmon die-off in the Klamath in 2002 due to reduced river flows and high water temperatures, resistance to Forest Service old-growth logging in critical habitat for salmon has greatly increased. In May of 2003 tree-sitters occupied three old-growth trees near the Salmon River that were part of the Glassups timber sale. Also in May of 2003, litigation was filed challenging the Salmon River old-growth logging proposed in the Knob timber sale. In October of 2004 conservation organizations obtained a court order halting illegal old-growth logging of the Beaver Creek tributary of the Klamath River.

"It is unfortunate that at the same time that the Forest Service is publicly touting their desire to create healthy forests by thinning flammable small trees and brush, they are also logging fire-resistant old-growth in sensitive watersheds," said George Sexton, Conservation Director for the Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center. "It is a vicious-circle in which the Forest Service removes the old-growth forests and replaces them with flammable brush fields and tree plantations."

The Jack old-growth timber sale was enjoined by a federal court in 1999 because the Forest Service had refused to look for at-risk species included in the agency's "survey and manage" program and had violated the Aquatic Conservation Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan. Under the Bush Administration, the Forest Service has eliminated the survey and manage program and severely weakened the Aquatic Conservation Strategy so-as to allow for more old-growth timber sales like Jack. Activist in the field have also witnessed the Forest Serivce making large pine and cedar days before units are cut and yarding next to the damaged Scott River in the snow.

homepage: homepage: http://klamathforestalliance.org
phone: phone: 541 951-0126

old growth cedar and pines that are to be cut 15.Apr.2005 12:16

KSAN southsiskiyou@riseup.net

These are a few trees slated to be logged.

both these trees are to be logged in the next week
both these trees are to be logged in the next week

Contact info for responsible Forest Service employees 16.Apr.2005 21:18

DJ

It would be great if someone could post contact info for the people in the Forest Service that we could contact about this timber sale. Phone number, email and address info
would be greatly appreciated. thanks for the posting on this horrible project.

big nail, big hammer 17.Apr.2005 01:58

If we don't, who will?

big nail, big hammer ... save our planet! Once you have dammed the last river, killed the last buffalo, and felled the last tree... only then will they realize they can't eat all the money in their banks!

Klamath NF Contacts 17.Apr.2005 11:31

Sugar Pine

The two Freddies who have the power to stop this old-growth logging are:

Peg Boland (nice-ish older woman) Klamath Forest Supervisor:
(530) 842-6131

And:

Ray Haupt (Scott River District Ranger old-growth logger):
(530) 468-5351

The two of them are unlikley to admit that they are even logging old-growth,
let alone do anything to stop it. Indeed, they are touting the destruction of 300-400 year-old pines
as "small diameter thinning."